What I'm Seeing Now


A Light Fixture Just Hanging Around, Barely

Looking up I noticed a light fixture just hanging around, barely.

I'm not sure what happened here - rot?  Squirrel damage?  But repairs, or "repairs," were done by someone.  And not very well.

The electrical box, which used to be attached properly to the soffit, no longer is.

It's just hanging around!

And dangerously.

Looking closely, that is sheet metal.

Who knows when this wondrous repair was done, but it probably won't take long before that metal, and the wind, cuts into the wire's insulation and causes a short.


It is ugly and wrong.  Clearly it is covering the original problem, but who knows what is lurking beneath that mess of metal sheeting.

My recommendation:  when a problem is discovered on a house, rather than trying to effect repairs in an unprofessional and dangerous way, think carefully and hire someone who knows how to handle it!  And to simply throw this up and then try to sell it to someone else as a problem solved is pathetic.  All houses with "remodeling" should be carefully considered prior to an offer.



Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC  

Based in Bristow, serving all of Northern Virginia.

Office (703) 330-6388   Cell (703) 585-7560


Comment balloon 4 commentsJay Markanich • March 23 2016 01:58AM


Good morning Jay. Homeowners need to pay attention with regular visual inspections of their property! Enjoy your day!

Posted by Wayne Martin, Real Estate Broker - Retired (Wayne M Martin) over 4 years ago

How do you write the word that describes a good electrical short.... BVVVFT!

Posted by Fred Hernden, CMI, Albuquerque area Master Inspector (Superior Home Inspections - Greater Albuquerque Area) over 4 years ago

This one is obvious.  The wood that used to be there is covered by the sheet metal.  The rot or squirrel damage left nothing to screw the light to and now it just swings in the wind.  I love how the wire protrudes between the sharp edges of the sheet metal.  This new problem shouldn't take long to present itself!

Posted by Stephen Weakley (Nationwide Mortgage Services) over 4 years ago

Wayne - judging from the other homeowner "repairs" in the house, I think the homeowner did this one!

Fred - I am assuming that is not an acronym.  But it's a hard sound to make!

Stephen - methinks you thinks right.  My client emailed me today to say she is moving on, thanking me for my detailed report and honest assessment.  She said, "Where did you learn all that stuff?!"  Aw, shucks.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 4 years ago

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